We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
†I stop for turtles. I have often even parked my car so that I could pick up and carry one across the road. I do this because of my commitment to be a steward of Godís creation. I canít help but feel sorry for the slow moving reptiles. I have witnessed on too many occasions motorists swerving to hit turtles. I have had obscenities and objects hurled my way for slowing down so that a turtle could cross. I know that stopping to help a turtle is no great deed. In fact, if the turtles insist on attempting to cut across the heavily traveled roads of Central Forida, I donít have much hope for the future of the species. But I like turtles. Always have.
You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat turtles on the road way. People tend to fall into three categories. There are a few people who will actually stop to help a struggling turtle. There are probably an equal number who will happily squash the reptiles under the wheels of their automobiles. Yet, I suspect that the vast majority simply drive by unaware of the creatures or uninterested in their well-being.
I like this blogger. We at Maggie's are also all certified turtle-lovers, as is well-known. "Howsoever you do unto the least of these..." Just do not pick up a big snapping turtle with your hands - it will not behave gratefully: they have terrorist brains. This is the time of year when turtles wander to lay their eggs, but dealing with roads†is not in their genes. (photo of the delightful Eastern Box Turtle)